6/30/12 - We have a bunch of cool pictures to share today. Tim Petricek has been camping at Sawbill for most of his life. During his recent stay, he took an amazing variety of wildlife pictures. - Bill
Photo by Tim Petricek
This deer is familiar to everyone at Sawbill. It is quite tame and walks through the campground a couple of times every day. I love that Tim caught it mid-chew. Photo by Tim Petricek
Snapping turtles can live for 75 years or more in the wild. Photo by Tim Petricek
This is a rare photo of the Loch Sawbill Monster. Photo by Tim Petricek
This is a remarkable image. It was clearly taken during a deluge. Photo by Tim Petricek
This is taken from the canoe storage area in the campground. Photo by Tim Petricek
6/27/12 - I spotted this Coral Root on a trip through the campground last week. Coral root is reddish, chlorophyll-lacking group of orchids, found growing on leaf mold in woods across the United States. It takes a careful eye to find them despite the bright color of this one. Coral Root is medicinally used for skin diseases and insomnia. - Anna
6/24/12 - Many beautiful wildflowers have been blooming recently up here in the BWCA. Early-season flowers including wild roses, buttercups, twinflowers, blue flag irises, hawkweed, columbines, and bunchberries can be found scattered throughout clearings and along the side of the Sawbill Trail. We have been greatly enjoying their company.
The twinflower or linnaea borealis was named by Carl Linnaeus, the Swedish botanist responsible for modern taxonomy. Linnaeus thought of himself as akin to this gentle flower, "lowly, insignificant, and flowering for a brief space."
One of the most intrusive wildflowers, yellow and orange hawkweed is abundant in the Boundary Waters region.
One of the rarer early-bloomers, this Blue Flag Iris was found along the side of the Sawbill Trail. -Meg
6/20/12 - Our land lines, cell service and internet provider were all knocked out by the flood in Duluth. All have come back in the last few minutes.
Everything is fine here at Sawbill. We have "only" had 3" of rain in the last 24 hours, so it is wet here, but there is no serious flooding or road washouts.
Travel through Duluth and up the north shore is not recommended at the moment. If you are coming this way today, contact us for directions. By tomorrow, I'm sure there will be established detours around Duluth and on up the shore of Lake Superior.
It looks like Duluth is sustaining serious damage. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone there. Hopefully, everyone will come through this safely. - Bill
6/18/12 - Just a few days ago our last crew member arrived for the season, so we decided that there was no better time than the present to take our annual crew picture. This years crew shirts were designed by Sawbill's very own Cindy Lou. The phrase "Sawbill Babes Rock" is proudly displayed on the front of everyone's shirts in glittery glory. -Jessica
Front left to right: Ellyn Krieg, Meg Simon, Britta Dornfeld, Sarah "Roo" Davidson. Middle left to right: Cindy Hansen, Nils Anderson, Luke Opel, Joe "Snowbaby" Daniels. Back left to right: Carl Hansen, Leif Gilsvik, Anna Larson, Tyler Campbell, Crista Clark, Bill Hansen, Jessica Hemmer.
6/16/12 - Over the past three days crew members Joe, Britta, and I took a canoe trip from Kawishiwi to Malberg Lake. On the way we paddled through three lakes affected by the Pagami Creek Fire. Luckily, the fire did not affect much of our area, but by paddling through Square,Kawasachong, and Townline lakes we were able to get a feel for what forest fires can do to the landscape. -Jessica
Part of the west shore of Kawasachong Lake. New growth is already beginning to flourish.
This large pine is still standing although much of its trunk was burned away.
This Pale Corydalis' existence depends on the presence of fire. The seed that this plant sprouted from may have been deposited decades earlier.
6/13/12 - Long time Sawbill crew member, Carl Hansen, recently made this short promotional film for the upcoming Lutsen 99er Mountain Bike Race. Carl is working part time at Sawbill this summer in between film projects.
A couple of days ago, some friends came up for an evening of shore fishing and brought along Kim Gager, a young lady from Jamaica who is working at Bluefin Bay Resort in Tofte. Although fishing is very popular in Jamaica, Kim had never fished before. She is a quick learner, as you can see! - Bill
Ann Rider from Lutsen admires Kim Gager's first walleye.
6/10/12 - With the last few days cracking 80 degrees, it officially feels like summer here at Sawbill. Another sign of the approaching season is the numerous turtles that can be seen lining the road. The majority of those seen are the Western Painted Turtle, which sometimes lay eggs on the side of the Sawbill Trail. It takes 50 to 80 days for the eggs to hatch, and a single female may lay up to 20. Be sure to give any turtles you see driving down the Trail plenty of room, as there may be a batch of eggs nearby. - Leif
The turtles shown here were photographed by our very own Joe "Snowbaby" Daniels near the Sawbill Creek.
A close up of the eggs.
6/6/12 - Yesterday Nichole Borson from the U. S. Forest Service Tofte Ranger District sent us this link to the Superior National Forest website. Once there you can find information about the deployment of fire shelters that occurred on Insula Lake on September 12, 2011 as a result of the Pagami Creek Fire. I highly suggest taking a peek. It is very interesting to get a behind the scenes view of what went on that day. -Jessica
6/4/12 - With the great weather sticking around we have all been trying to spend more time outside. Yesterday Luke Opel and new crew member Crista Clark got a chance to get out for a paddle. It was the perfect day for it with a light breeze and a little cloud cover. On the trip they came across a large group of Canadian Swallowtail butterflies that probably had just emerged out of their chrysalis'. -Jessica
These swallowtails are participating in mud-puddling. By landing in wet soil they are able to replenish water and nutrients lost during emergence.
Crista standing at the Sawbill side of the Smoke portage surrounded by dragonflies and swallowtails. Both pictures were provided by resident Sawbill photo journalist Luke Opel.